The U.S.’s premier Honda-powered time attack series returned to the Streets of Willow circuit at Calif.’s Willow Springs Int’l Raceway for their fourth of five competition rounds in the first season of 2016, leaving us with just a few lingering questions: Will they always continue to post faster times, and will there ever be such a thing as a dull day at the track for these guys (and girls)?
For those not familiar, VTEC Club competition operates within Extreme Speed Track Events track days alongside a broad mix of vehicles from stock to Redline Time Attack-dedicated competition machines of any make/model. Extreme Speed track days aren’t competitive in and of themselves (more an opportunity for participants to better their own track-driving skill), but VTEC Club competition, open to Honda-powered vehicles in nearly any state of tune, is.
There are two “seasons” to a year, each made of several competition rounds at various tracks in and around SoCal (with tracks abroad to be announced soon!) In each round the fastest lap times in each of four VTEC Club classes (Group A, A2, N, and N2) are charted, winners awarded points and prizes provided by sponsors, and points are charted and awarded to season champions and then reset at the end of the season.
What’s rad about VTEC Club is that it’s not uber competitive. It is for the guys at the top of each group, but even then they’ll lend a hand or some tools to their competitors if it means making for a more exciting session on track. Winners are usually heckled enough at the awards ceremony to keep bragging in check.
For everyone else, VTEC Club is a chance to shake their Honda project down at the track and see how it stacks up to like-minded enthusiasts’ builds, and to build up a little more track experience. And to pit together, BBQ, sneak in a couple beers (not to be mixed with driving, of course!) and spend a weekend one of the best ways possible in SoCal.
Congrats go out to everyone who made Round 4 possible, especially the fastest Honda-powered drivers in each of the groups listed below and those who have already (!) locked up the championship points race in their respective classes. VTEC Club USA (and yours truly) travel to Buttonwillow Raceway later this month for the final round of the first season of 2016, and the fun starts all over again in August with a night race back at Streets of Willow. To learn more and get involved: www.vtecclubusa.com #VtecClubUSA
RESULTS – VTEC Club Season 1, Rd 4, 2016
Streets of Willow Springs, WSIR, Rosamond, CA
1. Nik Romano - F22 Miata - 1:23.200
2. Alex Zhao - S2000 - 1:24.487
3. Craig Utter - Civic - 1:32.889
1. Matt Rojana - S2000 - 1:24.510 (Championship points winner)
2. Jose Mejia - Civic - 1:25.813
3. Ronnie Vajdak - Integra - 1:26.303
1. Sean Mulyanto - S2000 - 1:24.812 (Championship points winner)
2. Clement Kwong - S2000 - 1:27.138
3. Martin Le - S2000 - 1:27.177
1. Duane Bada - Civic - 1:30.130
2. Ryan Constantino - Civic - 1:31.692
3. Steven Chavez - Civic - 1:33.361